Greta Garbo, 1926
Greta Garbo photographed by Ruth Harriet Louise for The Temptress — 1926
Greta Garbo, 1928 Photographer Ruth Harriet Louse
Her instinct, her mastery over the machine, was pure witchcraft. I cannot analyze this woman’s acting. I only know that no one else so effectively worked in front of a camera.
Greta Garbo and Conrad Nagel in The Mysterious Lady (1928)
It has always been something of an intellectual game to attempt to read the enigma of the screen’s most beautiful face, and it still is. If there is a secret in it, perhaps it is that almost anything one wants can be read into the expression of that face. The essential difference of cinema from theater is that it provides a kind of waking dream for the audience; the imagination is free to roam, and, in Garbo’s case, the audience has habitually supplied in its own imaginings what her enigmatic expressions have left unspoken. In that sense, Garbo was the perfect cinema star.
Hollis Alpert (for the New York Times), 1965
John Gilbert and Greta Garbo relaxing by the pool, 1920s